City Hall could spend more than half of its $1.2 billion check within a few years, but a private company that agreed to pay that huge sum to lease Chicago's parking meters now will get to collect the cash for the next 75 years.
Under a deal approved Thursday by a 40-5 City Council vote, the cost to park at two-thirds of the meters in Chicago will quadruple next month. Neighborhood spots that cost a quarter an hour will cost $1 an hour and will increase to $2 an hour by 2013. The top meter rates in the Loop will go from $3 an hour to $6.50 within five years.
Matt Yglesias goes on and on about "market pricing" of parking, but that just illustrates what a total tool he is. There isn't and never will be, a "free market" in transportation.
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